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Guardiola Explains What Makes Marcelo Bielsa Such A Special Manager

Guardiola Explains What Makes Marcelo Bielsa Such A Special Manager

Most football supporters are looking forward to having Leeds back in the Premier League next season, and Marcelo Bielsa is a major reason why.

The Argentine employs an incredibly exciting brand of football, something that will fit nicely in the English top flight.

Bielsa has had an influence on some of the biggest managers in the sport over the years, none more so than Pep Guardiola. The Manchester City boss is known to be a huge admirer, even hounding some of his players who had worked with Bielsa in the past with questions about his methods.

He was asked about Leeds' promotion to the Premier League during his press conference earlier today, going on to explain exactly what made their manager so special.

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He's an outstanding manager, because no other manager in the world can play the way he plays.

You can learn a lot about his style, his final product is always incredible. No one can imitate him and that makes him so, so special.

In my opinion, for English football it will be incredible to have him in the Premier League next season, to learn from him, his teams, and the way he plays.

I think Marcelo is at the top of the list with this, absolutely at the top of the list and I have no doubts about the quality of Marcelo Bielsa and his knowledge, through the comments and experience of the players who have worked with him.

Hopefully we can look forward to some very entertaining meetings between Leeds and Manchester City next season.

Guardiola and Bielsa have met on three previous occasions, all of which came during the Argentine's spell at Athletic Bilbao.

They drew one of their league meetings in the 2011/12 season, with Guardiola's side winning the other. Barcelona also triumphed 3-0 in the Copa del Rey final at the end of the campaign.

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